Hi Scott, Paul and everyone on the forum,
I am one of the Sprout backers and am looking forward to seeing how this initiative evolves and helps people get closer to music. Sprout is a great first step. However, I feel that if a couple of design choices were different, Sprout would certainly delight a broader customer base.
I would assume most of the “new” customer base, the 20-30 somethings you are targeting will not require MM input. Therefore add another Coax or Optical input based on your architecture.
Most people (almost all of the new customer base) will eventually get frustrated due to a lack of remote - its really inconvenient if the unit is used in living rooms and bed rooms. Why not add an optional remote and charge say $30 for a simple remote that matches the unit and rework your packaging.
If the remote cannot be added to the MM version, I would suggest you replace the MM input with a remote and let customers decide what they want (I’m not an engineer and would know much about costs for all these options but cannot think why you couldn’t come up with a good solution)
You may want to differentiate from the MM version by offering a higher power (say double the power) all digital version with remote and charge a premium for it - say $200 extra ($999 retail) and you could pretty much use this to reboot your campaign. For the kick starter campaign make this a $100 option for current and new backers.
If the above causes a bit of a delay - say 1 or 2 months - its probably going to be acceptable to most
Now you may say these are design considerations given the size of the unit and I would say its a technical problem waiting for an intelligent solution
I’m sure there are lots of ways and you’ve probably thought about all this and made your design choices, but then the only thing that is constant is change.
Look forward to your responses. This your opportunity to make Sprout even more relevant to your target customers, hope you take it.